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IronBirds win 4th straight, blank Cyclones

The Aberdeen IronBirds were in the win column again Thursday night, notching a fourth consecutive New York-Penn League win.

The Birds' (32-23) blanked the homestanding Brooklyn Cyclones, 5-0, behind the solid pitching of starter Michael Baumann and reliever Nick Vespi.

Baumann (2-1) pitched the first five innings for the win. allowing two hits and a walk, while striking out seven.

Vespi, who was credited with his second save, was even more dominant over four innings. Vespi also gave up a pair of hits and a walk, while fanning eight.

The Aberdeen offense, meanwhile, did enough to support the quality pitching efforts. The 'Birds had eight hits and scored all five runs over three straight at bats.

Aberdeen scored once in the fifth, twice in the sixth and once more in the seventh.

Luke Ringhofer (2B, RBI) and Ben Breazeale led the hitting with two hits each. Kirvin Moesquit (run); Mason McCoy (run); Trevor Craport (2B, 2 runs, RBI); and Jaylen Ferguson (RBI) had the other Aberdeen hits.

Garrett Copeland and T.J. NIchting also had an RBI each.

The 'Birds and Cyclones will close out the series tonight (Friday) with a 6:40 p.m. start.

Aberdeen enters play four games behind Staten Island in McNamara Division standings, but the 'Birds are two games up in the Wild Card race over both Mahoning Valley and Hudson Valley.

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